The Haiku Foundation has been fortunate in benefiting from the generosity of a number of individuals willing to take upon themselves the effort and responsibility of leading renku sessions on this site. As a result, we have now completed eight sessions and look forward to a ninth.
Unfortunately, the person scheduled to take up the challenge this time has had to decline after all due to family responsibilities. So, we will begin with a call for a volunteer to run our ninth session – a twelve verse session, which should take us to the beginning of December, after which we will regroup and make plans for 2019. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to consider accepting this task or if you would, at least, like to discuss the possibility.
In creating this feature for The Haiku Foundation, one of our aims was to present a number of versions of renku – not only different forms but different theories about what is most valuable in renku, how it is practiced among Japanese poets, and how it might be adapted for English-language participants. While we have benefited from the scholarly approach of several session leaders, we would not want that to be taken as a requirement and, thus, a discouragement to others who may have enthusiasm and fresh ideas to offer. If you would like to give this a try, please contact me.
We will begin again, next Thursday, with a report on new leadership and either a hokku or a call for hokku.
In the meantime, please use the “Leave a Reply” box below to provide your comments on Linda’s excellent work in leading our most recent session, on any of the other sessions, and/or on the renku feature generally.
With best wishes to all,